Making codes of ethics 'real'

Journal of Business Ethics 11 (4):285 - 290 (1992)
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Abstract

This article outlines a training activity that can enable both business and governmental professionals to translate the principles in a code of ethics to a specific list of company-related behaviors ranging from highly ethical to highly unethical. It also explores how this list can become a concrete model to follow in making ethical decisions. The article begins with a discussion as to what will improve ethical decision making in business and government. This leads us to explore the factors that can most easily lead to improvement, namely a comprehensive code of conduct and employee training. From there we look at the Critical Incident Technique as a training strategy that has the potential for identifying those behaviors that distinguish really outstanding behaviors from those that go by the book, and can be used to encourage more independent thinking and to set expectations for future decisions. If employees are given the skills and examples that will enable them to make better decisions, they can apply them to any situation.

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Managing the Rules of Conflict: International Bribery.Mark Pastin - forthcoming - Ethics and the Multinational Enterprise: Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Business Ethics.

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